Craving a new kitchen but a remodel or overhaul isn’t in the budget? Join the club my friends – but check out the stunning kitchen makeover I did with just a few hours work, a Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit and some stunning new hardware!

*This post is sponsored by Rust-Oleum Canada and Liberty Hardware. I was provided with the materials to transform my kitchen in exchange for reviewing the products. As always, all opinions are my own and sincere.

Are you guys ready to see part one of my new kitchen reveal?

I know, I know – it’s been months in the working – but not because the transformation itself was difficult; in fact, Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformation kits provide you with everything you need to makeover your kitchen in less than a week. My delay was in procrastinating for so long. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into and I kept putting it off and putting it off worried about what a monstrous task I was undertaking. Thankfully I was only painting my kitchen and not doing anything more serious. If I ever decide to get a completely new kitchen fitted at some point in the future, I will have to make sure that I get a general contractor, otherwise, my kitchen might never be completed since I procrastinate from completing any task that I need to do when I’m worried.

I can tell you now that I procrastinated and worried for no reason.

It is SO EASY – and no, you don’t have to have any special equipment or experience to take your kitchen from this:

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to this:

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There are a few steps involved, which are clearly laid out on the DVD that comes with the Rust-Oleum Kitchen Transformation kit (and are also available on YouTube), but basically there are 5 things you need to do:

Kitchen makeover:



  • remove cupboard doors and drawer fronts (make sure to label each so they are easy to put back on later) ~30 minutes
  • wash down your cupboards to get rid of grease and grime ~30 minutes
  • use the Embossing liquid (provided in the kit) to scrub down your cupboards one more time to rough up the surface and remove any sheen that will keep the paint from sticking ~1 hour – you really need to be thorough here.
  • paint your cabinets using the “Bond coat” in the kit. Rust-Oleum has a ton of colours to choose from, but if you “know a guy” at Home Depot, then a custom tint can be achieved also. ~1 hour
  • second coat of paint ~ 45 minutes
  • Protective top coat ~ 1 hour
  • Optional (and I didn’t do it on my kitchen makeover) but there is a glazing finish that you can wipe onto your cupboards for a more antiqued look.
  • That’s 6 steps to your total kitchen makeover and about 5 hours of actual work. It’s the drying time between coats that drags the process on for a few days.

    You can totally do this!

    I picked up a few tester pots of colours and slapped a bit on my cupboards – you don’t want to re-do your kitchen makeover because the colour was off – so I suggest living with the ugly samples for a week or two (or a couple of months like I did). This will allow you to see your options in daylight and evening and with yellow lighting versus natural lighting.

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    The colours I chose were pretty close together – so they don’t look like much on the cupboards – but the difference would have been considerable on the entire surface.

    What is Rust-Oleum Kitchen Transformation Kit?

    9-Piece Colour Kit is a revolutionary do-it-yourself kitchen cabinet paint coating system that completely changes the dated or worn look of your cabinets for a fraction of the cost of purchasing new ones. The kit includes an informational DVD, 2 scrubbing pads, stir sticks, a roll of lint-free cloths, 1 bottle of degassing liquid, 2 quarts of bond coat untainted paint, 1 quart protective top coat and 2 pints of glaze. The only additional items you need to purchase outside of the kit is a quality (mohair or better) roller pad, paintbrush and tray.

    Is painting kitchen cabinets worth it?

    Painting kitchen cabinets is one of the easiest kitchen transformations you can take on, especially if you don’t need to do the sanding and priming, plus go through all the stress of a total kitchen makeover. It’s well worth the cost in most cases. If you feel like you need a massive kitchen transformation though, it might be worth working with professionals.

    Does Cabinet Transformations Work On Laminate, Melamine, Or Metal Cabinetry?

    Yes, Cabinet Transformations works on all wood, laminate, and melamine surfaces providing the same beautiful look.

    Do I Have To Strip Or Sand My Cabinets As Part Of The Preparation?

    Stripping, sanding, or priming are not necessary with Cabinet Transformations™. Simply use the Deglosser and scrub pads provided to prepare your cabinets prior to applying the Bond Coat.

    Do I have to have a paint sprayer or special equipment to makeover my kitchen?

    While I do have a paint sprayer, I found that using a 4″ mohair roller (linked below) to be the easiest and best option for painting my cabinets. The roller removes any brush strokes and the bond coat in the Cabinet Transformation kit is the best self-levelling paint I’ve ever used – seriously. I don’t know what they put in this stuff, but it should be bottled for individual sale it’s so great!